Ko Aung Chay
Aung Chay is from Ramree Island in Rakhine State and makes traditional jewellery from designs that are hundreds of years old.
Most people are making jewellery with machines, but you can appreciate something that is handmade as a work of art. I find a piece more valuable when it is made by hand. Handmade work has qualities that a machine can never reproduce, there are thousands of variations that make a piece unique. An imprint of the creator that is forever part of it. Yangon inspires me, it is a vibrant, ever changing city. Full of life. I have a wife and two beautiful children, before I came to the workshop, I planned to move to Japan so I could support them, but in the end I chose to work with Turquoise Mountain. Knowing that I am helping to preserve my culture fills me with pride.